SEA MMA Gear Guide

Kingz Light Gi Review

Introduction

Having previously reviewed the Kingz Ripstop, here's the follow up with the Light gi. The review will mostly have the same comments as the Ripstop gi, but I will highlight the differences with a different colour for the benefit of those wanting to make a comparison.

Official Specs:

  • Ultra Lightweight
  • Preshrunk for an ideal fit
  • Triple reinforced stitching across all stress points
  • Quick dry and fully breathable
  • Made of one piece fabric for superior strength and durability
  • Synthetic heat resistant lapel insert, a single piece of vulcanized rubber inside the collar that keeps the gi light, dry faster and keep your lapel fungus an bacteria free
  • Stretch inseam panel for maximized leg and hip mobility
  • 8oz Rip Stop pants material, super light yet extremely durable
  • Double reinforced knee padding, triple stitched with over lapped seam
  • 6 Drawstrong Loops

Aesthetics

The Kingz gis generally sport a clean cut, having no chest and back patches for school and custom patches. They do have shoulder patches however, which help to prevent the gi from becoming too boring. The shoulder patches seem to go under the collar though and will not be so easily removable.

The gi also has a small roundish patch on the bottom left of the gi which states the weight and model of the gi, as well as a colour code of sorts. Actually, this is reflected in the shoulder patches too, and blue is for the Rip Stop, red for Light, and yellow for Comp. A nice touch in my opinion, as it is really easy to identify which gi you're pulling from your stack if you own say, more than one model of Kingz in the same colour.

The bottom of the skirt features a taping with the Kingz word logo running across, and this is also found on the inside cuffs for the arms. The pants is also decidedly plain, featuring the same round patch on the gi jacket.

The gi supposedly comes in white, blue and black options, although the website currently only shows white and black. The last time I contacted Kingz at the start of the year, they mentioned that all colours would be in stock by late January 2012.

Form & Fit

Based on Kingz's size chart, my weight of 63kg and height of 169cm lands me right in the middle of the A1 range. One of the rare moments both my height and weight fit in the middle spectrum. They also run from A0 to A5, accommodating for large range of sizes. The chart is reproduced below, with metric conversions from me.

Height
Weight
Gi Size
5'0"-5'4" (~152-163cm)
95-120 lbs (~43-54kg)
A0
5'4"-5'8" (~163-173cm)
125-155 lbs (~57-70kg)
A1
5'8"-6'0" (~173-183cm)
155-185 lbs (~70-84kg)
A2
5'11"-6'2" (~180-188cm)
190-220 lbs (~86-100kg)
A3
6'2"-6'4" (~188-193cm)
220-270 lbs (~86-122kg)
A4
6'3"-6'7" (~191-201cm)
270-310 lbs (~122-141kg)
A5

Out of the bag, the gi had slightly long sleeves but just the right pants length for me, coming up slightly shorter than the Ripstop version. The skirt length was noticeably longer than what I was used to. Everything else was about right. After cold washing, there was minimal shrinkage, but the gi fit comfortably well. Photos post-wash below.

Here's the pre and post wash shrinkage from cold washing and hang drying.

Gi Top
Sleeve to Sleeve
160cm
156cm
Chest width
57cm
56cm
Gi length (collar to skirt)
84cm
83cm
Arm width (at armpits)
27cm
27cm
Cuff width (at sleeves)
17cm
17cm
Gi Pants
Pant width
54cm
54cm
Pant length
90cm
90cm
Cuff width (at leg)
23cm
23cm

Functionality

As a lightweight gi, the 420gsm pearl weave jacket is reminiscent of my Predator gi previously reviewed. However, the Light feels ever so slightly lighter, softer, and more comfortable. It also has a different cut that is slightly looser compared to the snug Predator cut, which helps to make it feel softer and more comfy since there's more 'wiggle room' in the gi. Personally, the gi feels good enough to enter my regular rotation with the Predator. My only worry with a white gi is the eventual browning over time, especially at the collar area, though I suppose I'll just dye it another colour when that happens. The gi breathes well and I've worn this with rashguard and leggings under without baking to death.

The Light pants is a 8 oz ripstop, another favourite of mine. Lightweight and soft, without the waxy feel. It really shines here and falls a close second to my all time favourite Shoyoroll Yank ripstop pants and on par with the Predator. It comes with a generous 6 loop drawstring, which is always a thumbs up in my books, although I wish it featured a cord drawstring instead of a flat drawstring.

For some reason, the pants feels slightly tight on the knees when bending. The pants doesn't seem especially tight or narrow compared to other pants, but I'm guessing this comes from the knee pads that run all the way down to the pant leg. Given how thin the rest of the gi pants is, the extra thickness and stiffness from the padding becomes noticeable and I feel some resistance bending my knees. Not a big deal really, since they become slippery and smooth once you start perspiring.

Another interesting feature of the Kingz gi pants is the presence of a crotch panel similar to those found in fight shorts, the Hayabusa gi, and the Sprawl Flex gi pants. In the past, these don't really make a difference to me since my pants were never really in the way of my game. However, this time the pants were a little more snug on me, (could be my butt getting bigger) and the stretch panel performs great without restricting any movement as I'd normally expect from a snug fitting gi pants.

Collar thickness is similar to that of the Predator gi and on par with the other Kingz Ripstop.

The typical reinforcements are in place, nothing extraordinary present or missing either. Do note how many rows of stitching they have for the pants cuffs though. Generous. In any case, I don't expect these to fall apart any time soon.

Affordability

Costing USD $129.95 (SGD $163) on Fighters Market for the white variant, and USD $10 (SGD $13) more for the black one, the gi is in the slightly above average price range, but still pretty affordable for a lightweight gi in my opinion. That's not too bad for the additional stretch panel feature if it is something you think you'll need.

Conclusion

The Kingz Light is a great lightweight gi to enter the, and the stretch panel will help to provide some differentiating factor in the crowded lightweight market.

Disclaimer

All comments in the review are my own personal opinion. Prices provided in brackets are merely for reference and are based on exchange rates at the time of writing.

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